Clinical Education Vision: To meet the physical rehabilitation needs of the people of Minnesota and beyond by engaging physical therapy students in diverse and dynamic clinical experiences. Students have exciting opportunities to engage in collaborative, experiential learning in a variety of physical therapy settings.
Integrated clinical experience throughout the first and second years to apply one's skills as they are learned. Thirty-eight weeks of full time clinical experiences (4) after all coursework is complete
Long standing relationships with a wide range of clinical settings with geographic and demographic diversity
- Opportunities for focused clinical experiences in pelvic health, chronic pain, TMD, lymphodema, clinical research, leadership, and in international settings
- Structured and reflective interprofessional opportunities as part of every clinical experience
Integrated and Full-Time Clinical Experiences
In response to an increased interest in international opportunities for Doctor of Physical Therapy students and the University of Minnesota's commitment to better prepare individuals to participate in global health initiatives, the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program has developed International Experiences that allow for diverse experiences in global health care and physical therapy. International Experiences are available only during the last spring semester of the third year.
Current site locations include Brazil, Ecuador, Italy, and Tanzania.
The University on Minnesota is committed to preparing individuals to participate in underserved rural health. The Doctor of Physical Therapy Program has coordinated with Health Sciences Programs to connect learners in rural regions to expand on their interprofessional collaboration to best serve communities with limited resources.
Clinical Educator Resources
We house many clinical education resources specific to our program for students, preceptors, and clinical instructors on our Exxat resource page. Check it out to find clinical education objectives, CIET training materials, policy & procedures, and experience planning materials. Our annual newsletter provides recent updates. The Northern Plains Clinical Education Consortium (NPCEC) is another source of excellent development resources. For additional details, please contact Kaleigh Roepke (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Designated Clinical Mentor
The University of Minnesota Doctor of Physical Therapy program is grateful to our community of clinical partners for their ongoing support in educating our future Physical Therapist colleagues.
We are proud to acknowledge our most consistent and collaborative individual clinical instructors with the honorary title of Designated Clinical Mentor (DCM). These individuals provide excellent professional training and role modeling and consistently earn positive student reviews, offering regular input to connect the didactic and clinical education components of the curriculum.
DCM's host between 4 and 8 full-time University of Minnesota DPT students per calendar year, or host a combination of regular full-time and part-time (integrated) clinical education experiences. See DCM bios below.
Dan Kirkpatrick, PT, DPT
Ryan Olmscheid, PT, DPT, OCS
Jason Burgart, DPT
Dan Nelson, PT, DPT
Tara Kelly, PT, DPT
Abby Stromquist, PT, DPT
2023 CIs of the Year
Please meet our 2023 Clinical Instructors of the Year! Individuals are nominated by their students as role models in clinical practice and education.
Bradie Nelk, PT, DPT, ATC, TPS, Cert. DN
Jeremiah yates, PT, DPT
Clinical Education Team
Clinical Education Coordinator
Division of Physical Therapy
University of Minnesota
420 Delaware Street SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455